SOLD Event: Improving support for the accused from arrest through to and including the court process

24 Aug, 2016
Norton Park Conference Centre,
Edinburgh

The focus of the event was to discuss ways of improving supports for people with learning disabilities when accused of an offence. This covered the stages of the criminal justice pathway from the point of arrest, to custody, to standing trial in court.

The event provided an opportunity for a range of professionals from all sectors, and people with learning disabilities with experience of the criminal justice system, to engage with the discussion on this complex subject.

 


 

Conference report - Improving support for people with learning difficulties from arrest to court

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The findings report from the SOLD conference in August: ‘Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest through to court’ is available now to download for free.

 


 

A wish list of supports, produced by The SOLD User group formed the focal point for discussion. Download the discussion paper (PDF), which includes the User group’s wish list.

Videos of event

The event was Chaired by Sheriff Andrew Cubie, Deputy Director of the Judicial Institute, and included keynote presentations, available to watch in video format, from:

To watch videos of Sheriff Andrew Cubie’s opening address and summing up of the event, and for the panel discussion, please see:

To read a brief biography of each key speaker, please see : Keynote speakers (pdf)

The Scottish Government is currently reviewing the provision of Appropriate Adult services. This event will help to ensure that changes to the current provision will address the needs of people with learning disabilities and will provide the support they require to be treated fairly in the Justice system.

All information gathered from discussion at the event is being collated into a report, which will be disseminated widely.  It will also contribute to the consultation process on Appropriate Adult services.

Analysis of findings

Full analysis of findings from both the questionnaire and the round table discussions can be read below:

SOLD believes there is an opportunity for the Scottish Justice system to become the world leader for fair access to justice for people with learning disabilities.

If you were unable to attend the event, but would like to receive a copy of the report, please contact:

Email tony.bowman@arcuk.org.uk or telephone (0131) 663 4444

 

Videos

Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest to court – Opening address - Sheriff Andrew Cubie

Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest to court - Opening address

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Offenders with Learning Difficulties - An Even Playing Field?

Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest through to and including the court process

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Messages for the developing role of appropriate adult in Scotland

Intermediaries in England and Wales: Messages for the developing role of appropriate adult in Scotland

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Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest to court - Summing Up - Sheriff Andrew Cubie

Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest to court - Summing Up - Sheriff Andrew Cubie

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Liason and Diversion - A better way forward?

Is this a way to ensure the early identification, proper assessment and staff training and improve the range of services available

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Panel discussion - Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest through to and including the court process

Panel discussion given at Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities event, August 2016

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Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest to court - Steve Robertson

Improving support for the accused person with a learning disability from arrest to court

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Supports available to people, prior and during the court process

Presentation given at Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities event, August 2016

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